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Israel settlers attack Palestinian students in Hebron

Palestinian students in Hebron, West Bank on 25 October 2016 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages
Palestinian students in Hebron, West Bank on 25 October 2016 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Israeli settlers reportedly attacked Palestinian students as they were walking home from school in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron yesterday, according to the official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that Israeli settlers physically attacked students and “used foul language against them” as they were leaving school in the Al-Salaymeh neighbourhood in the Old City of Hebron.

No injuries were reported.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

Read: Israel soldiers joined in as settlers assaulted Palestinians – then killed a local teen

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 per cent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the West Bank in the past three years, according to Israeli NGO Yesh Din.

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